You will throw away 95% of the pieces that come in the mounting kit! Antenna is plug and play most of the time. You will still be splicing wires from the radio plug to the adapter so buy a package of wire crimp connectors and be sure to have electrical tape. As for sound, It might not be as good as the original My $300+ radio upgrade did not have the same base as my original until I added a non powered subwoofer. I'll be adding a powered sub shortly. Oh - have some spare fuses and be careful with the screwdriver.
I got mine at best buy --- They had a nice assortment starting under $100.00. Also have them do an install estimate. Depending on the radio it can sometimes be cheaper and faster to have them do it but you still may need to provide the mounting kit.
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Got this one from www.crutchfield.com about 1½ years ago. Mounting kit with face plate, GM wiring kit, very detailed instructions and [free] shipping. All for right around $100. Has a rear port for a Bluetooth adaptor (extra $$$), front port for MP3, IPod, etc..., HD radio. Sounds great.
You will throw away 95% of the pieces that come in the mounting kit! Antenna is plug and play most of the time.
You will still be splicing wires from the radio plug to the adapter so buy a package of wire crimp connectors and be sure to have electrical tape..
I prefer wire nuts....they have worked better for me than crimpers and tape....plus it is single step process since the wire nut connects the two ends of the wire and insulates it at the same time ....BTW I also use a Bic lighter for a wire stripper (something my Dad taught me back when used to own a stereo shop back in the day).
It is awesome, a little spendy but, it mounts flush and has an illuminated "Fiero" at the top.
I installed a JVC stereo I picked up from Walmart, I added new dash speakers and a factory sub rebuilt with a new Rodney Dickman speaker and am running the stock seat speakers, campared to the factory radio it sounds a whole lot better.
Assuming the speakers in your Fiero are not blown. Just about any modern aftermarket radio will make them sound like a concert when compared with a stock Delco. My suggestion is that you go to whatever store it is in your area that sells car radios and try them out. Since you are looking for a basic CD player, pay attention to how easy it is to operate the most common functions..Bass, Treble, Fade, Balance, and clock settings. The rest you'll probably never mess with.
I had a family member who used to work for Sony and we used to get their products dirt cheap but, I've always been a fan of DelcoGM radios. For the longest time, My Fiero had a Delco CD with EQ out of a 2002 Grand Prix. It lit-up orange, fit perfectly and looked stock. I had it modified with an aux jack to play MP3's. With stock speakers, in my opinion, it sounded fantastic. Then I tested in my Fiero, an older Sony radio that my brother removed from car he sold. I could not believe the difference in sound quality.
Currently, I am running that 10 year old Sony CD player with a wire harness from Replacement Radios that's been modified (by their instructions) to work with my factory Performance Sound. I have 85 style seats with factory headrest speakers, and I used a mounting kit that allows the radio to sit flush with the dash. I don't like the kits that push the radio forward...like it's sticking out.
Hope this, along with the other member's experience helps answer your questions. Keep us updated.
The radio I'm using is almost the same as Fierotony's except the display color is red instead of blue. In the dark kind of looks like a Startrak ship. Please don't hack your original wiring and use a harness adapter. I solder and heat shrink my wires and never have a corroded connection problem later. Makes it so much easier to return to stock or replace later. When I had got mine, somebody had already hacked the stock harness . They had also had one of those radios that had the I candy display. It was the second one(different vehicle) that I had that took a dive. Seems the cheaper ones last longer. If I had to do it again, I would get a later GM stock radio with CD. Just seem to fit better to me. HMM, wife's been I balling mine for her car. Would have to find a good wiring adapter for a 2001 Lumina radio though and another for her car.